Something Rich and Strange

I’ve discovered that Beowulf, the great Anglo-Saxon epic, is not only interesting to adults, but also to the younger set when abridged.  This, I would think, proves its timeless, human appeal if even young children enjoy the expurgated edition.

Since Beowulf is so good there are several translations; the Barnes & Noble edition is better as regards the beauty of the words (in my opinion), and it’s cheap; the translation by Seamus Heaney is more expensive, but it’s bilingual—modern English on one side, Anglo-Saxon on the other, which makes it ideal for students of Old English.  Then there are four free Kindle editions, which I haven’t read; worth trying since it’s free, though.



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